IIHS Adds Three Cars to Top Safety Pick List

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety bestowed its top award to two redesigned vehicles and one all-new car. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera and 2012 Toyota Prius c all earned the top rating of Good in IIHS crash tests and have been named Top Safety Picks.

The updated for 2013 Malibu Eco mild hybrid midsize sedan, redesigned Azera large sedan and tiny all-new Prius c hatchback received Good scores in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The rollover test includes a roof-strength test. To pass, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of four times its weight.

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Model-year 2006-11 Hyundai Azera models were only tested for front and side impacts and received the second-best Acceptable rating in side-impact testing. The 2012 model earned the Good rating across all test areas. Lastly, the Prius c is an-all new vehicle; it joins siblings Prius and Prius v on IIHS' Top Safety Pick list.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer